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Indian yoga guru BKS Iyengar dies

New Delhi - Legendary Indian yoga guru BKS Iyengar, founder of the Iyengar school of yoga, died Wednesday at the age of 95.

Iyengar, who had been ailing for some time, was admitted last week to a hospital in Pune city in the western state of Maharashtra with cardiac ailments and subsequent renal failure, an aide said.

The recipient of the Padma Vibhushan, India’s highest civilian honour, Iyengar established a school of yoga with thousands of followers in India and abroad.

Iyengar yoga focuses on a combination of physical stamina, flexibility and mental health.

The yoga guru’s most famous book, Light on Yoga, remains an international best seller.

He wrote a dozen others on pranayama -breathing and meditation techniques used in yoga - and the philosophy behind the ancient Indian practice.

Among his famous students was violinist Yehudi Menuhin, who arranged for Iyengar to teach in London, Switzerland and Paris in his younger days.

Iyengar retired from active teaching in 1984 but continued to hold special yoga training sessions. He said in an interview at the age of90 that he still practised yoga three hours a day.

DPA


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